Dr. Marie Perkins, OTR/L, LMT, DOM, Dipl. Ac.
Dr. Marie Perkins East West Healing Solutions

Dr. Marie Perkins, OTR/L, LMT, DOM, Dipl. Ac. is one of the most recognized practitioners in Palm Harbor as a “non-pharmaceutical” pain specialist.

Born and raised in Quebec City Canada, Dr. Perkins received her Bachelor Degree in Occupational Therapy from University Laval in 1993. Her passion led her to leave everything behind and immigrated to Florida in 1995. She proceeded with acquiring her Massage Therapy license from Bahkti Academy in 1999 and her Master’s Degree in Oriental Medicine from the Florida Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 2004.

Her goal for founding East West Healing Solutions was to be a pioneer in the community working at bridging the gap between Eastern and Western Medicine. She has established strong partnership with Medical Doctors, Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine, Orthopedic Surgeons, Neurologists, Pain Management Physicians, Doctors of Chiropractic, Rehabilitative Specialists, Athletic Directors, Coaches and Personal Injury Attorneys in the community proving not only that it can be done but also that a cohesive team approach is often the most efficient way to help a patient..

“Over the years I have continued to add to my knowledge in order to be able to help as many patients I possibly could. Most of the time, a joint effort from Western and Eastern Medicine is required to obtain optimal health. For that reason, patients should proactively seek a team of highly trained professionals in various fields, all working toward one common goal; the PATIENT’S best interest. Your health portfolio should be built with the same concepts as your financial portfolio; diversification is the key!, Dr. Marie Perkins tells her patients.”

Aside from offering Traditional Acupuncture to Palm Harbor patients, her clinic also offers several other complementary treatments such as Herbal prescriptions, Cupping, Gua Sha, Moxibustion, Diathermia, Dry Aqua Massage, Cold Laser Therapy, Medical Massage and Postural Analysis among others. Dr. Perkins also develops customized, personal healing and health plans for each patient at East West Healing Solutions.

Licensed by the National:

Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy
Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork
Commission for the Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM)

Dr. Susan Pomeranz

susan-poeranzDr. Susan Pomeranz, Tai Chi and seminar leader, as well as author and humorist, was a Marriage and Family Therapist for over twenty-five years. She has presented and lectured throughout the United States and now delivers Wellness Seminars to individuals, groups, corporations, businesses and health-care facilities.
She utilizes the wisdom of ancient eastern techniques and practices and combines that with modern cutting-edge findings, to reduce stress and promote vibrant mind/body health.
Dr. Susan has studied with world-renown teachers of Tai Chi and
Qigong; Dr. Roger Jahnke, the Director and Founder of the Institute of Integral Qigong and Tai Chi, in Santa Barbara, California, and Dr. Keith Jeffrey, who has developed a modern approach to this classical art by synthesizing the Yang and Chen Style Tai Chi with basic Qigong exercises.
She was also a private student of Sufi Master, Leo Mahsoud for seven years in San Francisco, where she studied Yoga, Meditative Dance, and Nutrition.
She holds a Ph.D. in Parapsychic Science, a Master Degree in Clinical Psychology, a Bachelor Degree in Psychology and Art, and is a Certified Tai Chi Leader, Tai Chi Teacher, as well as a Certified Teacher of Tai Chi Basics, Core, Flow and Mindful Movement.
With her dynamic flair for speaking and an irreverent off-beat sense of humor, Dr. Susan provides not only great insight into those subjects that she teaches, but her classes are compelling, fun and accessible to all.

Sandy Bryant

Sandy Bryant East West Healing SolutionsSandy starting practicing Hot yoga in 1997 and got her first certification in 1999. With her interest in anatomy and physiology of yoga she continues her education and workshops regularly.
She emphasizes finding your inner strength and your inner healing power to enjoy the flexibility and a therapeutic benefits of yoga. Sandy’s passion is travel, she has visited 43 states and 18 countries . She has three grown children and two granddaughters.


Sevdije Lika

Sev Lika East West Healing SolutionsSevdije has been seriously practicing the beautiful art form of Belly dance since 1994 and grew up being entertained by bellydancers at family weddings. She now is excited to be teaching here at East West Healing Solutions Wellness Studio

She is certified in Pilates Equipment, Mat, and Yoga. Her clients have seen positive results in their transformations through consistent work, whether it is a slight case of scoliosis, menopause, poor posture, breathing better, seeking more strength, tone, and flexibility or simply just keeping up with an old injury and thinking “Prehab” instead of “Rehab” in order to stay strong safely as she has had an athletic lifestyle with her own injuries.

Lili Brun

Lili Brun East West Healing SolutionsLili has been involved in some form of yoga since 2006 when she moved from Denver, Colorado to Dunedin, Florida.

In Denver she managed a Title Insurance company and did Real Estate Closings in English and Spanish.

When she began taking yoga and pilates classes at the local studios she immediately felt she had found a new love in her Life.  About the same time, she also began her journey into infertility clinics to attempt to get pregnant.  Those unsuccessful treatments accumulated high stress, anxiety, unhappiness in her body. To help release some of that stress she continued taking different kind of yoga & meditation classes along with massage and acupuncture appointments.

Lili was lucky and blessed to get pregnant without assisted reproductive technology. She is a firm believer that yoga helps to relax, increase energy, gain flexibility, improve circulation among many other health benefits.

She obtained her yoga certification (RYT200hr) in July 2015 with Ally Ford in Ashtanga Yoga.  Lili also takes Qi Gong & Tai Chi instructor classes under Master Shifu Orlando Schiaffino at Sadana Center where she also obtained her Reiki certification Level 1 and 2.

Lili loves to practice yoga with her 5 year old daughter, who is her teacher and her greatest blessing.


Melanie Yesner

Melanie Yesner East West Healing SolutionsMelanie Yesner completed her Bachelors Degree in Sociology at University of Tampa in 2001 and a Masters Degree in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling from University of South Florida in 2010.

She started to practice yoga in 2008 when she was very active in running and other types of high impact exercise. She noticed that yoga was a big help to soothe her entire body after running for long distances and strenuous exercise.

After getting married and then being pregnant with her first child in 2011, she experienced the benefits of prenatal and gentle yoga as well. After having her first child, Melanie decided that the benefits of yoga have been so great, that she wanted to be able to share the experience with others and begin help others to learn about the practice of Yoga.

Melanie completed a 200-hour yoga teacher training program at the Lotus Pond in Tampa in 2013 as well as a Restorative Yoga Certification from Lotus Pond in 2015.

Currently, Melanie is very happy to be teaching Hatha Yoga and enjoys the benefits of meditation and pranayama. In addition to practicing yoga, Melanie enjoys spending time with her family, caring for her two children, jogging, reading, and traveling.

Vimutta Yulia Shevchenko

Yulia East West Healing Solutions“Yulia’s” initial background is in classical ballet, modern dance and jazz. She was a member of several dance companies in her native Ukraine. One of her most influential teachers of choreography was Lora Petrova, founder of Style, an innovative contemporary school of dance with a unique style and approach to teaching movement.

After moving to the U.S. in 1996 Yulia taught dance at multiple studios and spent several years in close collaboration with accomplished classical ballet dancers and teachers, Elena Martinson and Andrei Ustinov.

Yulia’s fascination with various forms of physical movement led her to martial arts and yoga.

She began consistently practicing yoga in 1999 and has been teaching it since 2005. Yulia obtained her first yoga teacher certification with Wendy O’Lenic in 2005 and completed her 200 hour training with Ally Ford in 2009.

Yulia is also a professional linguist, conference interpreter and a contractor with the U.S. Department of State. This gives her an opportunity to travel and learn from teachers and colleagues from all over the world. Her own teaching style is eclectic and includes many influences. Among the methods and teachers that inspired her are the Mysore Ashtanga method of Patabbhi Joys, Shiva Rea’s Prana Flow, Amrit Yoga, Jivamukti, Anusara and Sivananda Yoga.

Yulia is an avid student of the history and philosophy of yoga and meditation. She currently teaches a regular community yoga class at the Dhamma Wheel Meditation Society in Clearwater.

Yulia’s focus in class is on mindful movement and breath, on helping each student improve their body awareness, gradually build strength, flexibility, increase vitality and enjoy freedom of movement.